Hydropower can supply 10% of RP's electricity requirements, say officials
by T. Villavert
Manila (26 February) -- With the Renewable Energy Law in place, it was projected that more than ten percent of the country's electricity requirements can be supplied by hydropower.
Hydropower generation produces essentially no carbon dioxide or other harmful emissions, unlike burning fossil fuels.
The Malacanang press report disclosed that with the Renewable Energy Law in place, observers noted the Philippines is on track in its quest to wean itself away from imported fossil fuel that accounts for most of the country`s air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Increased power generation from geothermal, hydro and other indigenous resources has significantly reduced the country`s dependence on imported fossil fuels. The government has likewise tapped renewable energy sources such as solar, micro-hydro, wind and biomass resources in its rural electrification efforts.
According to the Department of Energy Biomass, micro-hydro, solar and wind will remain as major contributors to the total share of renewable energy in the energy mix with an average share of 27.5 percent, according to the DOE. Hydro and geothermal will account for the balance of the indigenously generated energy.
President Arroyo said earlier that energy security demands the development of indigenous and renewable sources, including geothermal, domestic oil and gas, solar, wind, wave and biofuels. Harnessing renewable energy comprises a critical component of the government`s energy security strategy, the Malacanang press report disclosed. (PIA6) [top]